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Submission + - Will you be able to run a modern desktop environment in 2016 without systemd?

yeupou writes: Early this year, David Edmundson from KDE, concluded that "In many cases [systemd] allows us to throw away large amounts of code whilst at the same time providing a better user experience. Adding it [systemd] as an optional extra defeats the main benefit". A perfectly sensible explanation. But, then, one might wonder to which point KDE would remain usable without systemd?

Recently, on one Devuan box, I noticed that KDE power management (Powerdevil) no longer supported suspend and hibernate. Since pm-utils was still there, for a while, I resorted to call pm-suspend directly, hoping it would get fixed at some point. But it did not. So I wrote a report myself. I was not expecting much. But neither was I expecting it to be immediately marked as RESOLVED and DOWNSTREAM, with a comment accusing the "Debian fork" I'm using to "ripe out" systemd without "coming with any of the supported solutions Plasma provides". I searched beforehand about the issue so I knew that the problem also occurred on some other Debian-based systems and that the bug seemed entirely tied to upower, an upstream software used by Powerdevil. So if anything, at least this bug should have been marked as UPSTREAM.

While no one dares (yet) to claim to write software only for systemd based operating system, it is obvious that it is now getting quite hard to get support otherwise. At the same time, bricks that worked for years without now just get ruined, since, as pointed out by Edmunson, adding systemd as "optional extra defeats its main benefit". So, is it likely that we'll still have in 2016 a modern desktop environment, without recent regressions, running without systemd?

Submission + - The Three Letter Cure for Web Accessibility and Discrimination Problems (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: If stable, supported user interface API access were available for services like Google+ — and the many other firms' systems around the Net that currently put users at an accessibility disadvantage — it would be possible for third parties (commercial, nonprofit, individuals, etc.) to write their own customized interfaces for these services to meet specific accessibility needs.

Visually enhanced high contrast interfaces? An interface much easier for someone with limited motor skill acuity? There are a vast range of possibilities for customized interfaces to help an enormous number of users, all of which could operate via the same essential kinds of API mechanisms.

Without APIs, such customized interfaces are usually impractical. Attempts to create customization based on "screen scraping" and techniques like page display CSS modifications are subject to potentially breaking at any time, whenever the underlying format or structure of displayed pages are altered.

You must have stable user interface APIs to make this work.

Comment Re:Fork (Score 2) 348

I've certainly had enough of XCF being the default saving format when 95% of the time I'm just doing a quick edit on a image.

overwrite the image or export if you don't want to save as an .xcf...

Comment Re:Netflix Should Quit Making Shows (Score 1) 166

The shows Netflix makes are of little value. I use the service to get quick, legal access to the umpteen series other people have made.

Arrested Development, Lillhammer and The Trailer Park Boys

I dunno how much involvement Netflix has or had in these shows being resurrected or allowed to continue...but they seem to claim some responsibility.

Submission + - SPAM: Overview of 100G Client-Side Transceivers

jojoco writes: Demand for 40G and 100G transport links is growing quickly in recent years. Cloud computing, mobile broadband and IPTV are all driving user bandwidth. 40G links have been deployed for several years. Now, 40G transceivers are ubiquitous in modern data center. In recent two years, the optical industry buzz is all about “beyond 100G” bit rates. And the market for 100G data center optics is accelerating. At present, there have been several types of 100G transceivers launched to the market including CXP, CFP, CFP2, CFP4, QSFP28.
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Submission + - Switch to Macs Saves IBM $270 Per User (cio.com)

itwbennett writes: Since June of this year, when IBM started offering its employees a choice of Mac or PC, more than 30,000 Macs have been deployed, and the switch is saving the company a not-insignificant amount of money in support costs. While 40 percent of IBM's PC users call the helpdesk for troubleshooting, on average only 5 percent of the company's Mac user do the same, says Fletcher Previn, vice president of workplace-as-a-service at IBM. The result? 'IBM tells us that each Mac is saving $270 compared to a traditional PC, thanks to much reduced support cost and better residual value,' said Luca Maestri, Apple CFO and senior vice president, during the company's most recent earnings call.

Submission + - Charge Rage: Electric Cars Are Making People Meaner in California

HughPickens.com writes: Matt Richtel reports at the NY Times that the push to make the state greener with electric cars is have an unintended side effect: It is making some people meaner. The bad moods stem from the challenges drivers face finding recharging spots for their battery-powered cars. Unlike gas stations, charging stations are not yet in great supply, and that has led to sharp-elbowed competition. According to Richtel electric-vehicle owners are unplugging one another’s cars, trading insults, and creating black markets and side deals to trade spots in corporate parking lots. The too-few-outlets problem is a familiar one in crowded cafes and airports, where people want to charge their phones or laptops. But the need can be more acute with cars — will their owners have enough juice to make it home? — and manners often go out the window. "Cars are getting unplugged while they are actively charging, and that's a problem," says Peter Graf. "Employees are calling and messaging each other, saying, 'I see you're fully charged, can you please move your car?'"

The problem is that installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with soaring demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace. German software company SAP installed 16 electric vehicle charging ports in 2010 at its Palo Alto campus for the handful of employees who owned electric vehicles. Now there are far more electric cars than chargers. Sixty-one of the roughly 1,800 employees on the campus now drive a plug-in vehicle, overwhelming the 16 available chargers. And as demand for chargers exceeds supply, a host of thorny etiquette issues have arisen, along with some rare but notorious incidents of "charge rage." Companies are finding that they need one charging port for every two of their employees' electric vehicles. "If you don't maintain a 2-to-1 ratio, you are dead," said ChargePoint CEO Pat Romano. "Having two chargers and 20 electric cars is worse than having no chargers and 20 electric cars. If you are going to do this, you have to be willing to continue to scale it."

Comment my vintage dell vostro 1500 (Score 1) 237

Picked it up for $20.00. Gave it 4GB of RAM and installed debian 7 (wheezy) and purged pulseaudio. That was two years ago. I use mate and compiz-fusion for my desktop. Sure the built-in wi-fi is only g, the left speaker is borked, the lid hinge is a bit wonky and the battery may last for an hour tops but it is still very dependable and responsive, sleeps and wakes up with no problems.

Submission + - Not in my ZIPCODE: Fracking increases hospital visits (plos.org)

Michael Tiemann writes: An article published in PLOS One finds increased hospital admissions significantly correlated to living in the same ZIP CODE as active fracking sites. The data comes from three counties in Pennsylvania, whose ZIP CODEs mostly had no fracking sites in 2007 and transitioned to a majority of ZIP CODEs with at least one fracking site. While the statistical and medical data are compelling, and speak to a significant correlation, the graphical and informational figures flunk every Tufte test, which is unfortunate. Nevertheless, with open data and Creative Commons licensing, the paper could be rewritten to provide a more compelling explanation about the dangers of fracking to people who live within its vicinity, and perhaps motivate more stringent regulations to protect them from both immediate and long-term harm.

Submission + - Some consumers habitually pick losers

AmiMoJo writes: If you’re still crying into your pillow at night over the demise of the Zune MP3 player or Crystal Pepsi, take a long, hard look into the mirror: Your shopping habits might have foretold the doom of your favourite, discontinued products. At least, according to a group of researchers pointing the finger at certain early adopters. In a study published in the Journal of Marketing Research, researchers identified particular kinds of consumers whose preferences can predict products that will flop, calling those folks “harbingers of failure.” “Certain customers systematically purchase new products that prove unsuccessful. Their early adoption of a new product is a strong signal that a product will fail.”

Make it right before you make it faster.